U.S. Energy News

Falling solar prices cancel out Trump tariffs

SOLAR: An industry report projects strong growth for solar in the U.S., a turnaround from last year as module prices continue to fall. (Reuters)

ALSO:
Solar training initiatives for former prisoners are popping up around the country in places like California, where some non-profits are working to create clean energy opportunities for members of a marginalized community. (Energy News Network)
• Michigan solar installers say a new program that replaces net metering is already slowing demand from customers who say it’s difficult to calculate a payback period. (Michigan Radio)

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EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency has had a major impact in reducing emissions, that could change under proposed Trump administration regulatory changes. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
New York legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are close to a deal that would codify the state goal to reduce emissions 85% by 2050. (Times Union)
New Jersey has issued regulations that help clear the path for its reentry into a regional greenhouse gas reductions compact. (NJ Spotlight)
After a marathon debate, the Oregon House of Representatives passes cap-and-trade legislation, which now heads heads to the Senate for a vote. (The Oregonian)
An investor alliance is accusing more than 700 companies of failing to fully disclose their climate and environmental impact. (The Guardian)
More states and cities are making clean energy pledges, but many experts say it won’t be enough to slow climate change. (NPR)

TRANSMISSION: The developer of a planned $500 million transmission line through southern Wisconsin dismisses battery storage for an alternative as a “non-starter.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

FRACKING: Hundreds of organizations and individuals have asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to investigate possible links between shale gas development and  childhood cancers. (Post-Gazette)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers propose a land swap with the Interior Department in order to cross the Appalachian Trail, but it would delay the project until mid-2020 and increase costs to up to $5 billion. (Roanoke Times)
Enbridge moves forward with $40 million in preconstruction work for a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline, though state officials maintain the company is not permitted to start construction. (Detroit News)

OVERSIGHT:
• North Carolina regulators will not hold additional hearings on Duke Energy’s long-range power generation strategy despite calls to do so from clean energy groups and lawmakers. (Energy News Network)
• Mississippi utility regulators create a formal long-term energy planning process for the electric companies they regulate, which could boost renewables, storage and energy efficiency. (E&E News)

COAL: Wyoming’s governor is banking on carbon capture technology to be the magic bullet that saves the state’s struggling coal industry, as well as provide a solution to climate change. (WyoFile)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utilities and charging companies begin planning electric vehicle charging infrastructure to match automakers’ EV manufacturing plans. (Detroit News)

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COMMENTARY: If signed into law, an Illinois bill to strengthen coal ash cleanup requirements would be a “landmark” effort to protect water resources, advocates say. (EarthJustice)

CORRECTION: An item in Friday’s digest misstated the carbon emissions of Bitcoin – it is 20 million tons of CO2 per year, not 20 billion.

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